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Johnson Publishing Co. art auction fetches nearly $3 million, doubling expectations

Feb 04, 2020 - Chicago Sun-Times
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The art represented the last of the company's major assets. Artwork that once decorated the Michigan Avenue offices of Johnson Publishing Co., which filed for bankruptcy in April, fetched nearly $3 million at auction last week more than doubling expectations.

The 87 pieces of African American art was sold in a live auction Jan. 30 in New York City.

Topping the list was artist Henry Ossawa Tanner's oil on canvas entitled "Moonrise by Kasbah (Morocco)," which sold for $365,000.

A piece by Carrie Mae Weems that chronicles the black migration to Chicago from Southern states through a series of seven real-life images sold for $305,...